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Brit arrested over £80m Russian yacht seized in Mallorca accused of helping tycoon dodge sanctions

A BRIT has been arrested in connection with a £80m Russian yacht that was seized in Mallorca.

A UK citizen has been arrested in MadridBarajas airport after he was accused of helping a Russian tycoon get away international sanctions impose later Invasion of Ukraine.

British arrested at Barajas . airport


British arrested at Barajas . airportCredit: Civil Guardia
Man accused of fraud and money laundering


Man accused of fraud and money launderingCredit: Civil Guardia

The Briton, who has yet to be named, is wanted by US authorities for fraud and money laundering.

He is accused of leading a business through which he attempted to conceal the yacht Tango, which was confiscated in 2016. MallorcaSpain last April.

The yacht was one of those seized because of its links to Russian tycoon Viktor Vekselberg.

The Civil Guard, in collaboration with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested the British citizen on Monday.

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According to the Civil Guard, the British owner of a yacht management company obtained goods and services from the US under a false name and with false documents for a Russian citizen, in violation of current regulations. onion.

The Russians are a business group with interests in the oil, energy and telecommunications sectors, the Civil Guard added.

Investigators estimate Brit’s company made more than £700,000 for its services on the yacht.

The man’s arrest comes just days after another Briton was arrested and charged with money laundering and sanctions evasion in relation to Vekselberg’s £72m yacht.

Richard Masters, 51, was arrested Friday and is set to be extradited to the US.

Another Russian citizen, Vladislav Osipov, 51, was also indicted by a US court on similar charges.

According to the Ministry of Justice, an arrest warrant has been issued for Osipov, a former employee of Vekselberg.

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